English Premiership

Steven Pienaar talks football

2014-06-18 13:05
Steven Pienaar (Supplied)

Cape Town - South African English Premiership star Steven Pienaar speaks football, Moyes at United and teammates in Brazil.

South African English Premiership star Steven Pienaar spent some time in South Africa promoting the Steven Pienaar Community Tournament, an event which he hopes to continue to grow annually.  

Pienaar gave his views on his teammates at the World Cup, his SWC favourites and he answers whether or not he's thinking about returning the PSL.

Several of your Everton team mates are at the World Cup – are you envious about missing out on the World Cup in Brazil?

Steven Pienaar: Yeah, a little envious, but I told most of them to pack very light as their SWC journey will be short!

Who are you favourites for the World Cup and why?

Steven Pienaar: Holland as they have a score to settle after coming so close in 2010 and in other finals before, this could be their turn. Germany as they have the most efficient and balanced team on paper, let’s hope they can translate that into good performances in this World Cup.

Which African team do you expect to be the best performer in Brazil and why?

Steven Pienaar: Ivory Coast as they are the strongest African representative and most of the team are playing their last major tournament, they have to end in a respectable position. Nigeria as they have improved a lot, won the Nations cup and did fairly well in the Confederations Cup. The Confederations Cup also gave them insight into conditions they would be facing in the World Cup.

Where you shocked when Manchester United ended the contract with David Moyes – why do you think the team did not perform and do you think he was given a fair chance?

Steven Pienaar: Yes, very surprised, he needed more time to implement his ideas. It’s the nature of the game these days, there is little time for managers at football teams now, they have to hit the ground running.

What are your plans for the 2014/15 English Premiership season – will you be staying at Everton and what are your goals for the year?

Steven Pienaar: Yes, definitely staying. My goals are to stay fit and feature in as many games as possible.

Do you intend to return to South Africa for the final years of your active playing career?

Steven Pienaar: To be honest it’s not something that I have really thought about, so I will see what the future holds.

Your trip back to SA coincides with your annual Steven Pienaar Community Tournament, which is supported by your sponsor’s PUMA. What inspires you to continue to host the event?

Steven Pienaar: It’s mainly for the kids, when I see the smile we put on their faces I get motivated to keep the tournament going as long as I possibly can.

What are your thoughts on the status of football development in South Africa and what do you feel needs to be done to make the national team more competitive on a global level?

Steven Pienaar: Youth coaching needs to be improved greatly, countries like Spain and Germany have an endless supply of coaches, the results can be seen in their youth national teams’ performances and subsequently in their senior national teams.


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